Barry Frost

This is Barry Frost’s personal website.

I’m very excited to share that I’m joining @Gumtree as CTO next week.

I can’t wait to get started with my new colleagues in the @GumtreeDevTeam and @eBay family 🎉

I love @StevieBuckley’s smart new @Honest_Work job board: all adverts are direct from employers, transparent on salary and clearly indicate the level of remote working accepted. A breath of fresh air. https://honest.work/

I’ve got a couple of people asking me for freelancer referrals for some light website development and SEO work. DM me and I’ll put you in touch.

I’m off today to my first Silicon Milkroundabout as a candidate. After several of the early shows as an exhibitor I’m looking forward to attending as a punter. #SMRmay18

I finished the Fantasy Premier League @OfficialFPL season in 2,644th place (out of 5.9M). Not too shabby. More importantly, I topped our little work mini league.

Spent the afternoon at the AWS Builders’ Day in London learning about Serverless. Believing the hype.

AWS stage

Registered myself for the Builders’ Day at May’s AWS Summit London. I’m hoping to attend the Serverless sessions.

First proper night out after the second baby for the last night of Stewart Lee’s Content Provider tour at the Royal Festival Hall. As always, brilliant, even sitting at the back among the “Friends of the South Bank”.

Arsène Wenger became Arsenal’s manager when I was 17. Throughout my adult life - university, jobs, relationships, marriage and two kids - he’s been a constant. It’s a strange, sad feeling that he’s going. #MerciArsène for the beautiful football, the trophies and so many highs.

I finally got round to trying some AWS basics:

  • Route 53 for DNS of barryf.co.uk
  • S3 for static web hosting
  • CloudFront in front of S3 for HTTP/2 and CDN
  • SSL certificate via ACM

Hate the UI but it was reassuringly easy. Next to try: Lambda and API Gateway.

At my first #HNLondon for a long while. A big crowd, a couple of top-notch speakers lined up and free pizza. Good work, @steviebuckley.

My paternity leave has timed perfectly with the snow and ice. Being homebound with a newborn is more bearable when I’m snowed-in anyway.

Watching those side boosters land from @spacex Falcon Heavy was a genuine open-mouth woah moment! Just amazing. Nice touches with Bowie and Don’t Panic on the Tesla screen.

🎉 Jekyll’s default Minima theme now has #microformats baked in to its templates. Really pleased to see my pull request merged in the latest gem release. #indieweb

https://twitter.com/jekyllrb/status/955551155031101440

You know it’s bad for your football club when you’re getting trolled by Amazon’s marketing team…

Alexa, when was the last time Arsenal won the Premier League?

The fascinating story behind the ruins we have in Virginia Water in this long thread of tweets:

https://twitter.com/PaulMMCooper/status/950033589374156800

(@PaulMMCooper - you need a blog!)

Way back in 2006, long before Slack, a few colleagues and I ran a little tumblelog/microblog at the very cool URL vom.it (sadly no longer live) to share the interesting stuff we’d found. I especially liked the way posts and comments were presented inline.

Screenshot of vom.it

Once again, the only festive music worth listening to is Soma FM‘s brilliant Christmas Rocks! radio.

After seven years using the same profile photo/avatar, I thought it was probably about time I used something a bit more recent. Before and after…

me

I hadn’t read @brad_frost’s (cool name) article about thoughtless use of the word “just” before seeing @adactio’s tweet.

I’m sure I’ve used “just” in copy in that context before and I’ll strive to avoid doing so in future.